Trinity College Dublin

It tells you a lot about Ireland, that the symbol of the country is a musical instrument (who does that), a harp facing in one direction whilst the symbol of its most famous beer-- Guinness is the same harp facing in the other direction--- music and beer. While that doesn't say it all, it tells you a lot about Ireland. And that harp is actually in Trinity College library, in the Long Room.Two decades ago, Sean Freyne, a very fine NT scholar who was a professor at Trinity College Dublin, … [Read more...]

Irish Blessings— Prologue

Ah Ireland, a country the size of Indiana, and with the population of New York City. And one of the most green and beautiful places in the whole world. No wonder they call it the Emerald Isle. Ann and I went on a sentimental journey to Ireland for our 40th anniversary last month. Sentimental not because we had been there before, even while living in England for 3 years. No we went because we had been told again and again how wonderful and magical the place was-- the land of Riverdance, Van … [Read more...]

Romans at the Irish Biblical Institute— a Riview

Here is a snapshot review by Patrick one of the leaders of the Irish Biblical Institute of the seminar I did for them June 2.... Cut and paste this into your browser.https://faithinireland.wordpress.com/ … [Read more...]

Tyndale Talks on the Sermon on the Mt. and Wesleyan Ethics

Here is a link to my various talks at Tyndale in Toronto last April. You'll need to cut and paste the link into your browser. Happy Listening.... BW3http://www.tyndale.ca/seminary/wesley-studies/annual-symposium/2017-wesley-symposium/audio … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

Proclamation. This is especially our Methodist heritage. Without it, the other two activities of the Church are incomplete. Without it Christians are like a doctor who studied medicine and then spent all his time taking his own temperature. It is these things that make a Church. A Church without them is a barren vine, only fit to be thrown on the gardener’s bonfire. And there is one way to this active Christian life. There is one way in which the branches of the vine can bear fruit. It is b … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

The Bible speaks one word to us—Christ, God’s love for people in Christ. That is why I am apt to be impatient with those who talk about hearing in the rushing breeze that God is love. I have never yet heard of a rushing breeze that converted anyone. But I have seen people brought to their knees in penitence by the story of Christ. I have known people who were impressed and awed by the beauty of nature, but I have never seen them because of that begin to lead a new life of charity, peace, and … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

For my part, I am not impressed by any fine “experiences” that people may have. I am not very interested in the state of their soul or their spiritual barometers. All that has to be submitted to as searching a test as we can make, the test of conformity with God’s Word, in our case of course, pre-eminently with Jesus Christ himself. That of course cuts both ways. It cuts against the folk that are all emotion and no motion. I am not teaching justification by works—I am protesting against just … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

Commenting on Rev. 11.8 Kingsley Barrett says this:Sodom means sin. It has given its name to a particularly unpleasant perversion of human functions. I was interested to see in Tuesday’s Times a paragraph noting the publication of a new book demonstrating that “homosexuality, adultery, beastiality, and fornication are all explicitly and consistently repudiated throughout the Bible.” What a sign of our times that it should be necessary to write such a book! As if anyone could be in any d … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

Theology is right if it starts with Jesus; it is wrong if it starts anywhere else. The first, but not the second of these statements is, I know, an oversimplification; it is possible to start with Jesus and take many turnings on the way. But it will not do....it is still true that people start their theology in strange places and build it up on foundations other than Jesus. There are professional theologians who do it. It is sadder when those who are not professionals do it, for they often do … [Read more...]